Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

by Dominic Parks April 7, 2017, 2:00
Facebook launches resource to help spot misleading news

From today, a new prompt will appear at the top of the app's News Feed entitled "How to spot false news", which will offer users tips and advice on how to recognise fake news stories and prevent them from spreading.

The new feature will be available in 14 countries, including the U.S., Germany, France, Italy, the U.K., Philippines, Taiwan and Brazil.

"False news is harmful to our community, it makes the world less informed, and it erodes trust", Mosseri said.

Investigate the source. Ensure that the story is written by a source that you trust with a reputation for accuracy.

Misleading stories take advantage of some of the same qualities that help news go viral, such as surprising and emotional headlines that start conversations. Lack of evidence or reliance on unnamed experts may indicate a false news story.

The social network also wants to disrupt economic incentives, help inform people of what to do when they encounter false news, and make false news easier to report.

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While the so-called fake news phenomenon has manifested itself widely in the United States and parts of Europe - particularly around election campaigns - "in Canada it has not played out in the same way", Chan said.

Among the ten "tips", users are asked to consider whether the story might be a joke. "Check whether the source is known for parody, and whether the story's details and tone suggest it may just be for fun", the social network advises. Think critically about the stories you read, and only share news that you know to be credible.

Facebook came into this problem because of the poor news literacy, skepticism and proactive research behavior patterns of the modern news reader.

The step would formalize partner relationships with third-party party fact-checkers, which include such news organizations as Politifact, AFP, BFMTV, and Le Monde, the Financial Times newspaper reported. While Facebook doesn't produce fake news, it's at least partly responsible for its dissemination.

After initially downplaying Facebook's impact, Zuckerberg chose to rethink Facebook's responsibilities. "We would like to get to as many countries as possible".

Google previous year incorporated a "fact-check" tag into some news pages published south of the border to help readers of more prominent stories find fact-checked content and said it was actively working to bring the feature to Canada "in the near future".

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